The Catalyst

“The Catalyst” Series

The chronicles of a young man, as he discovers he’s a catalyst for other people, giving them strange abilities, and drawing strangers to him like moths to a flame. He’s not ready for what happens to him, but slowly adapts, with help from his family and friends. What he does with his many followers, though, is an open question.

1)  An Unknown Attraction

Visit "An Unknown Attraction"A young man, just 17 years old, suddenly finds women mysteriously attracted to him when he visits New Orleans for Spring Break with his family. He acts as a catalyst, activating strange abilities in them that he doesn’t understand. He’s not ready for the responsibilities of adulthood, yet he’s called upon to lead a string of followers. Where, he has no idea.

2)  Trying to be Normal

Visit "Trying To Be Normal"Alex, having returned from New Orleans with a whole new life, tries to become just a normal young man as he returns to school. Can he simply blend in for the next two months despite having several women following him around? And will his abilities really be invisible to everyone around him?

Follow Alex’s adventures as he struggles with his new abilities, his followers, his growing responsibilities and his whole role in life.

3)  Normalcy is Harder Than It Looks

Visit "Normalcy is Harder Than it Looks"Having wrestled with trying to preserve a ‘normal’ last few months of high school, Alex faces an even harder time, as not only does he have to explain to those he loves what his life has become, but he faces several people who seem to hate him as much as his followers adore him. What’s a confused teenage atheist religious figure to do?

In the third book of the series, follow Alex Jennings as he deals with a variety of challenges as he learns about what he’s ultimately facing.

4)  Racing the Clock

Alex finds himself with a mission to find as many new followers as he can during the limited time he has left, as he comes to grip with the knowledge that his abilities will likely kill him. Before that happens, he hits the road with his sister and an ex-cop serving as a bodyguard. Along the way, they learn much more about him, about his followers, and about leading a mission when one doesn’t know the way. He needs to connect with enough followers to build a whole new branch on the evolutionary tree, but he only has a limited amount of time to do it, and he has to stay below the radar as he does it.

5)  Touring Under Pressure

Touring under pressure linkLeaving the familiar and somewhat supportive environments of Carbondale and New Orleans after having been exposed, Alex takes his mission on the road. But along with the blur of life on a concert tour are, there’s dark trends as well: Alex is known nationally now, the media is hungry for news about him, and there are still multiple people eager to hurt him.

As Alex, Cate and Gail travel the country, they gradually learn more about his abilities, and what drives people to either love or hate him.

6)  Building a Legacy

Building a legacy linkWith time running out, Alex faces life with a new confidence, even as events and those around him change abruptly. Relieved of the need to save his people, he still feels responsible for them and wants to leave a strong legacy. But just what will that legacy be? Follow along as he adjusts to new challenges as he struggles to continue, in this, the last book of the “Catalyst” Series.

This is a dramatic conclusion to the series, featuring a lot of surprises as Alex and his team learn more about his abilities, where they come from and what that knowledge implies going forward.

quoteThe sad part of this story is that I read it in one non stop effort, leaving my web work to fall behind.

I sort of stumbled onto the story, but I have to say it is one of the best I have read in the last few years. The plot is intriguing, and most enjoyable.

The Night Hawk

quoteWhat a great start to a story. The reluctant hero who doesn’t know what he is. I like it, and I want more.

Chuck

quoteThank you. Your story just got a top score. I appreciate your efforts at creating a top flight story, your work has paid off.

Doc

4 Responses to The Catalyst

  1. Thom Sinopoli says:

    Mr. Berg, I just finished ‘An Unknown Attraction’ and I just wanted to let you know it was very enjoyable. As a fan of your original story I was pleasantly surprised with your revision. I thought it seemed smoother which is poor comparison but that is what I felt. I have started on ‘Trying to be Normal’ I must admit I did not see how you could improve on the original but you have done so. So I just wanted to tell you that you have made a terrific story better. THANK YOU

    • vincentberg says:

      Thank you, Thom. I appreciate the feedback. I wanted to do this revision in order to apply everything I’ve learned about writing since I first started, but I also took it as a learning opportunity, focusing on many of the things that I never learned in school (never having studied writing).

      I’d thought of posting a before/after version of chapter 1, but at the time was unsure how to do it (though I’ve since learned I could make a pdf copy of the differences between the two revisions, and it would preserve all the edit marks). I may still do it, but the timing is a bit off now. I had an editor (another writer) who really helped, guiding me through the learning process as I fleshed out a lot of ‘show, don’t tell’ segments and added little details that helped flesh out the story and help explain people’s motivations and mindsets, which I think helps.

  2. Ed Edwards says:

    I laughed, I cried and I kept turning the pages – a most compelling series! Keep ’em coming (ewww). Neat way to sneak in excellent ‘facts of life’ – philosophy & Sex Ed, too.

    If they’re all done, why not just post ’em? Great stories are hard to find.

    Thanks for your talent & imagination.

    • vincentberg says:

      I laughed, I cried and I kept turning the pages – a most compelling series! Keep ‘em coming (ewww). Neat way to sneak in excellent ‘facts of life’ – philosophy & Sex Ed, too.

      If they’re all done, why not just post ‘em? Great stories are hard to find.

      Thanks for your talent & imagination.

      Thanks, Ed, I appreciate that. I’m pacing the story because, even though I’ve decided not to substantially change the story, I’m still doing quite a bit of revising and general cleanup. Releasing a new book every few months seems like a nice pace. It allows me to get the story out quicker (ahead of the weekly postings), while giving me time to do the work required. It also gives me time to work on future stories. Hopefully, if I’m lucky, I can keep up this pace of new books every few months, even after I finish the “Catalyst” series.

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